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Beginning Farmers in Obion County

Amanda and Lee Mulvaney moved to Tennessee from Wisconsin first settling in Newbern and then Obion where they now own and operate a farm with over 300 acres. Amanda Mulvaney came to the Union City Field Office in February of 2010 to get assistance on controlling erosion and livestock issues on their farm they had just purchased.

The Mulvaney FamilyAmanda Mulvaney, wife of Lee Mulvaney, moved to Newbern, TN from Wisconsin. From Newbern, TN, they moved to Obion, TN where they now own and operate over 300 acres. Amanda Mulvaney came to the Union City Field Office in late February 2010 to get assistance with addressing erosion and livestock issues on their newly purchased farm.

“When we first purchased our farms we knew we had our work cut out for us. We had several erosion problems, and we wanted to better utilize our pastures,” explained Amanda.

The Mulvaneys are beginning farmers who raise beef cattle and horses on their farms. After talking with the local NRCS staff, Mrs. Mulvaney signed up to do both structural and vegetative practices on the 95 acres of pasture on the farm. With additional cost share from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) funding, they were able to have many of the resources concerns addressed to the RMS level.

“Though the Mulvaneys were beginning farmers, they have tackled a large project and addressed several resource concerns,” explained Matthew Denton, District Conservationist, “They have been diligently working to improve and conserve resources on their farms and have finished many contract items ahead of schedule.”

By using funds from both the MRBI and TDA, they have installed cross fencing, exclusion fencing, critical area planting and mulching, a city water tap, pipeline, and water facilities with heavy use areas.

“With the help of the NRCS, we were able to install conservation practices on both farms in a short period of time. We are currently working on our home farm and look forward to getting it done too. We have seen a huge improvement in our pastures. We were really happy working with Matthew, Leon and everyone else at the Union City Field Office.”

A total of $16,758 in MRBI and TDA cost share money was obligated for the funded practices. Installation of these practices has significantly reduced the nutrient runoff from the farm, which empties into the South Reelfoot Creek watershed.

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